The Misinformation That Skeptics Spread
Today I was breezing through the Huffington Post and came up on the fine post by Dana Ullman regarding a Nobel Prize winner’s positive take on Homeopathy. The upshot is that the condemnation of Homeopathy simply does not hold up and as pundits say, ” When in doubt, follow the money trail.”
I can personally attest to how good homeopathy is. Whenever I feel that I am coming down with the slightest hint of a cold or flu symptoms I religiously take Oscillococcinum, made by Boiron, in the first 24 hours. I get plenty of rest, drink a ton of water and nine times out of ten, that is the end of it.In fact in Europe you need a doctor’s presecription to obtain homeopathics.
I have written before about the fact that you need to think for your self and question what doesn’t feel right. Sometimes it is just the convenient party line. Years ago I went into a cardiologist’s office. In the waiting room I was told to watch a video on Lipitor and another drug. I had not even been examined. After the examination, sure enough, Lipitor was the recommendation. A doctor friend of mine then said, “Yep, that drug might do something for your heart but heaven help your liver.”
The wonderful aspect of homeopathy is that it requires so little to be effective. I have copied below a part of the article but you can go to the entire article by clicking on Dana Ullman above.
“The Misinformation That Skeptics Spread
It is remarkable enough that many skeptics of homeopathy actually say that there is “no research” that has shows that homeopathic medicines work. Such statements are clearly false, and yet, such assertions are common on the Internet and even in some peer-review articles. Just a little bit of searching can uncover many high quality studies that have been published in highly respected medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, BMJ, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and many others. Although some of these same journals have also published research with negative results to homeopathy, there is simply much more research that shows a positive rather than negative effect.
Misstatements and misinformation on homeopathy are predictable because this system of medicine provides a viable and significant threat to economic interests in medicine, let alone to the very philosophy and worldview of biomedicine. It is therefore not surprising that the British Medical Association had the sheer audacity to refer to homeopathy as “witchcraft.” It is quite predictable that when one goes on a witch hunt, one inevitable finds “witches,” especially when there are certain benefits to demonizing a potential competitor (homeopathy plays a much larger and more competitive role in Europe than it does in the USA).
Skeptics of homeopathy also have long asserted that homeopathic medicines have “nothing” in them because they are diluted too much. However, new research conducted at the respected Indian Institutes of Technology has confirmed the presence of “nanoparticles” of the starting materials even at extremely high dilutions. Researchers have demonstrated by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the presence of physical entities in these extreme dilutions. (24) In the light of this research, it can now be asserted that anyone who says or suggests that there is “nothing” in homeopathic medicines is either simply uninformed or is not being honest.”